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Lost Weekend: 21 – 23 October

This weekend's best culture, shopping, food and drink events

Written by . Published on October 20th 2011.

Lost Weekend: 21 – 23 October

Bloomsbury Festival
Bloomsbury is known for its tree-lined streets, art galleries, new age restaurants, museums and general loveliness – but perhaps lacks a bit on the entertainment side. However, once a year, the Bloomsbury Festival brings art, poetry and crafts, great music, amazing dance recitals and an array of food to tree-lined streets. The festival kicks off the weekend, which is filled with 150 events taking place across 50 venues, on Friday night with a lantern-lit procession around Russell Square Gardens and boast a big bang end, with the ‘Big Sunday Lunch’ street party, with food, clothes and collectables stands.

Various locations
Various times
From Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October

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Experimental Food Society Spectacular
Whether you love it (cheap food) or hate it (stomach cramps), no one’s a stranger to Brick Lane’s good old food market. This weekend however, let the Indian, Moroccan and Mexican food stands aside and head to the Truman Brewery, where the Experimental Food Society Spectacular is taking place. It’s a weekend exhibition of groundbreaking gourmet artists, bringing butter sculptors together with food magicians and futurologists, topped off by a wild-themed banquet. Highlights of the event include edible clothing, a gothic chocolate house sculpture and an edible mosaic.

The Truman Brewery
91 Brick Lane
E1 6QL
1pm – 6pm
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October

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One Day Flash DSUK Sale
Yet another great designer bargain sale has hit our radar, as events throughout October make sure you can get your hands on some serious fashion finds, before digging in deep for the upcoming party season. DSUK (Designer Sales UK) is, as always, one of the leading events, and boasts with international labels such as Givenchy, Fendi, YSL and CK for up to 80%off retail and bargains from brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Marc Jacobs, Jill Sander and Galliano. The best plan is to get your hands on a VIP ticket (£25), which will not only gain you an early access to the event, but also gets you a VIP treatment, complete with bubbly and goodie bag (worth £75!).

£1 or £25 for VIPs
The Music Rooms
26 South Molton Lane
Friday 21 October
VIP hours: 11am – noon, then noon – 8pm 


Anita’s Vintage Fashion Fairs
Look beyond the 28 carefully selected exhibitors, exceptional quality vintage fashion and the accessories sold at fantastic prices and you’ll find that Anita’s Vintage Fair is a fashion event with a different touch. It’s an Aladdin's cave of delights to discover, with an array of vintage textiles and trimmings for sale, which can add the perfect touch to any vintage outfit. In addition, there’s a chance for you to get your old favourites fixed, with on-hand alterations by Recycle & Sew. With the highest profile fashion weeks showing many designers getting inspired by swirls of vintage, it is now a must have priority in your wardrobe, look no further than Anita’s Vintage Fair.

£2 (£1 for students)
20th Century Theatre
291 Westbourne Grove
W11 2QA
11am – 5pm
Sunday 23 October 

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Affordable Art Fair in Battersea
Have you caught yourself staring once again at that big, empty and badly painted/papered wall? Are you sick of covering up holes previously used to hold up the shelves of another owner with torn posters? Or do you simply fancy art? Whichever of the above descriptions apply to you, head to the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea this weekend. The collections of around 120 galleries and dealers are featured at this fine art fair, which, besides paintings, covers print, photography and sculpture. All art is priced between £40 and £4,000 pounds.

Thurs – Fri: £12 (£10), Sat – Sun: £15 (£13)
Battersea Park
Queenstown Road
SW11 4NJ
Thursday 20 October: 11am – 5:30pm
Friday 21 – Sunday 23 October: 11am – 6pm

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